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My beautiful wonderful mother, Barbara Jarrett Ford, of Roanoke passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2023. She is now at ho... Read More
My beautiful wonderful mother, Barbara Jarrett Ford, of Roanoke passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2023. She is now at home with my father and the Lord. I was so blessed with the most amazing parents ever.
My mother was the most compassionate, caring mom anyone could ever pray for. She graduated from Jefferson high school, Radford College women’s division of Virginia politic Institute. She majored in English and business management. She was a school teacher for Franklin County high school for many years. Once I was born, she became a full-time mother. She took such good care of me. She was also a caregiver for my paternal grandmother. She never asked for anything. She only wanted the best for everyone else. She was the most selfless woman God ever created.
After I began high school, she became the bookkeeper and accountant for Tinnell’s Finer Foods, A company that my father owned. She was also the accountant for Formare properties. She was the most amazing mother, wife, and grandmother anyone could ever ask for. Throughout life, she enjoyed playing bridge, and going to lunch with her friends. She even went to the Governors mansion and had a luncheon with Governor Dalton. A very high honor for a businesswoman. She loved the color purple. I can’t say how much I loved my mother.
Mom, rest in peace, and have a blast with Daddy in Heaven! She was the strongest fighter I have ever known. In September 2019 she was diagnosed with stage for non-small cell lung cancer. She beat the hell out of it. She took care of my father until his final days. Never goodbye, until we meet again mom, I love you so much.
Mom is survived by her brother, Allonzo Jarrett, son, Johnny Ford and spouse, Monica, and four beautiful grandchildren, Lawrence Blake Ford, named after my father, Makynna, Dylan, and Landon. She’s also survived by numerous other relatives that she adored. In addition, special thanks to Angela Mitchell for being so wonderful to my mom and dad. She is a God-send.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Windsor Hills United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Thrasher officiating. Interment will follow at St. Andrew’s Diocesan Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel.
In Loving Memory of my sister, Barbara Jarrett Ford of Roanoke, Va., who passed away on September 14, 2023.
Bobbi was my sister, my model, and mentor in so many ways, as well as my friend. Her spirit is now with God, and sweet memories of our times together will reside in my heart throughout my days, as I am sure they will yours.
Bobbi, my sister, in our younger years, was really playful! We would often wrestle around as brothers and sisters do, chase and be chased, give our mom and dad a hard but fun time (we were good at that) and lift each other up when we needed to – she lifted me up many more times, too!
I remember fondly the times she would sneak up behind momma and use her thumb and finger to smear mom’s glasses… and mom playfully swatting her on the hand before cleaning her glasses off. And this went on well into our adult years. She was such a good teacher- I used to really love doing the same thing to Bobbi’s glasses. But I was quick enough to get away from her before she could grab me.
She taught me to play my first several card games, a fun thing for both of us (since I learned, and she almost always won).
It was always a ‘hoot’ to see the smiles on mom and dad’s faces, their quizzical look, and dad shaking his head back-and-forth in disbelief when she would grab my hand (out of the blue) and start ‘singing’ the music from, and with us dancing to, the Mexican Hat Dance (or our version of it) in the middle of the living room. No reason, no timing, just a spur-of-the-moment craziness the we and they enjoyed - one of those precious moments of happiness that is sealed in my memory.
I visited her on the Radford College (as it was known then) campus one spring day, and she decided to show me her room. To do that, she had to have me announced – since it was a girls-only dormitory. The dorm resident assistant got on the PA system and announced, “Attention, there will be a man on the third floor. Attention there will be a man on the 3rd floor.” I can’t remember if I was 9, 10, or 11 years old, but it was a very proud moment for me! Talking about holding your head up high. And she enjoyed telling mom and dad all about it when we returned home that evening.
Myrtle Beach - that was our family's vacation spot. You can imagine the fun we had playing in the surf, playing ‘chicken’ with people willing to engage in the game, and riding the floats in to shore together. How can anyone forget times like that.
Buddy, her husband, was our next-door neighbor in the early days. He took her to the lake as a first date (not sure if it was Philpott or SML since they didn’t take me) for a boat ride and taught her how to get up on water skis. She came home with her face shining (brighter than usual) and a big smile – truly happy on the inside and out – and I still remember her exact words, “Butch, if you ever get a chance to go water skiing, TAKE IT! You’ll love it… it’s the most fun!” She loved it, came to love Buddy, and they of course ‘tied the knot.’
And they did take me to the lake (after they got married) and taught me how to ski! And I had a great time on SML, which many of you had the fun to enjoy as well. Still one of the fondest memories of the things we’ve done together – and we did a lot of fun things together.
Bobbi filled so many roles in our family’s lives which included, at different times, the ‘teacher,’ the ‘house jester,’ the ‘disciplinarian’ (when needed), and, very lovingly, the ‘caretaker’ when she saw the need. I will always remember her through those memories, and through the legacy she left me, which is her resilience, her strength, determination, devotion, logical approaches, optimism always, and her loving nature. I will always remember that she held onto those character traits through her last struggles, and I am assured that she showed them through her smile, laughing eyes, and fun nature, and all of Heaven is enjoying now.
Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Bobbi’s very spirit was (and is) a reflection of her devotion to the very Spirit of God, no matter where or in what setting. To me, she really did, in her deepest being, give us a glimpse of how the Holy Spirit can shine through our spirits when we worship God.
Many verses in Proverbs 31 can apply to Bobbi. Verses 26 and 27 are as representative as any. Verse 26: “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Verse 27: “She watches over the household affairs and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
I’m so happy you are at peace, and reunited with the love of your life, Buddy, in spirit. And I and many others will know that you will receive us with your smile, fun, humor, and radiance when we also join you in spirit. I love you always, my sister.
Love to all!! Wish we (Patty and I) could be with you, Her brother, Butch
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